After seeing the results of Tuesday's election, I find myself in the position of hoping I was wrong about the direction our country is headed and that Barack Obama will be the pro-drilling, pro deficit-reducing, politically compromising, job creating, conservative he campaigned as. Unfortunately, I don't think that's going to happen, what I really expect is four more years of "the same" (as the last four years) except on steroids.
Now I have already heard, seen, and read commentators who are saying things along the lines of "we survived the great depression, Pearl Harbor, World War II, 9-11, and we will survive the re-election of Barack Obama. While I agree with that kind of thinking, I would like to point out that there is more to being a country than mere survival.
It is true that this is the United States of America, and we are capable of nearly anything. It is absolutely in our capabilities to turn the United States back into the shining beacon of liberty and personal freedom that so many people have yearned for.
Say, before I go on, do you suppose Jimmy Carter is kicking the furniture in his house wondering how come Barack Obama managed to get a second term and he didn't? Man, that's got to leave a mark.
In a couple of days, people are going to start remembering that Obama's re-election means he's probably going to get to appoint at least one more Supreme Court justice. That will of course give the Supreme Court a decided liberal bias. Since the recent Obamacare decision looked pretty left leaning to me, only time will tell what the effects of a more liberal court will be.
Okay, here's the thing, there is no doubt in my mind that the reelection of Barack Obama was a bad thing. Personally, I think he…, well, let's just say there's very little that he and I would agree on. However, bad or not, seeming end of the world or not, the day before the election it was the civic duty of each and every citizen of the United States to do their level best to put the United States back on track. Guess what: the day after the election, or for that matter a year after the election, that duty has not changed. Just because Barack Obama was reelected doesn't mean it's time to throw in the towel and just give up.
While I certainly think it's true that Mitt Romney would have been just the person to have in the top leadership position for the next four years, we still have our civic duty no matter who is President. Granted, right now it looks like a pretty tough "row to hoe", but tough or not, it's time to get started.
One thing that I do see as a result of Obama's re-election is the federal government taking a much more obvious "us versus them" stance towards citizens. If you thought arguing with some entrenched bureaucrat at the EPA was hard before, I bet it's going to be a lot less fun after an election that seems to clearly affirm support of big government and its programs. Only time will tell whether that kind of (increased) friction between government and citizens leads to anything. After Tuesday's election, it would be tempting to say that people will just put up with it, but I'm not so sure that's what will happen.
One big opportunity that slid by us Tuesday was a chance to stop Obamacare. Not only did we miss that opening, but it very well could have been our last chance. I don't know what it would take at this point to reverse Obamacare, but I have to admit, I'm drawing a blank.
I do recall that when the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, many pundits were saying that the decision was a good thing. In fact, I recall Justice Roberts being hailed as a genius and such a far thinker that changing his mind to uphold Obamacare would lead to it being reversed, but only he could see that. Hmm…, since Obamacare is still with us I think we see how that theory worked out.
For progressives, the election worked out just right, Barack Obama is still President and Joe Biden is still Vice President. All is right with their world (progressives) and they can continue with their programs.
For conservatives, the election was a stunning setback. Barack Obama is still President, Joe Biden is still a heartbeat away from the Presidency, and progressives are continuing on with their nanny-state big-government programs.
Be that as it may, while the work ahead may have just become more difficult, it still needs to be done. Returning America to the conservative principals of our Founding Fathers is the job in front of us and easier or harder, the goal has not changed.
Bruce Kreitler is the author of Obamageddon (the Culmination of the Progressive Looting of America) and posts this and other articles at BruceKreitler.com.